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David Sparks Ph.d Black tail Hunt
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Sportsman's Spotlight
Date: October 09, 2017

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Regular guest of the show and Washington State biologist Amy Spoon talks about an unusual deer hunt. Last year a really cool experience happened with Brady and me in our deer season, we shot four deer in four days. It happened in two different states so that was a super fun deer season, it was kind of a whirlwind deer season that ended in four days. We put more than four days into it but it all pretty much went down in four days. Can you say deer, I assume we are talking Mule deer? We are talking black tail. That coastal, brushy, wet, rainy black tail. Here on the West Coast, this is kind of a cool thing about Washington and Oregon, as you travel from the coast west we have such a variation in climate and terrain that it allows for a species like the black tail. Their habitat is a lot different than the mule deer on the east side. It’s one of those things where it is a love hate relationship with hunting them. It's super cool. They are one of the hardest deer to get. They live in the brushiest, wettest climate and just being able to see them is a task in itself. If you are after a big record book black tail, one of those really big beautiful bucks, you’re lucky in your lifetime if you even get to see one of these really big mature bucks. They are super nocturnal. There is a reason they get big and there is a reason that not everyone gets to see them, let alone shoot them. The habitat that they live in lends itself well to them to be able to hide. So if you are lucky enough to see one and shoot one, that’s a pretty big accomplishment.

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